My husband and 10yo are planning to do 1 day at UOR (Wizarding World/ HP things only) Dec. 21, which is predicted to be an 8 in crowds (up from a 7 the previous day, so only the start of peak season). My 4yo and I will be staying at the hotel that day to rest up and swim, etc., since we are going to MK the day before and we are trying to save $$.
My preference would be to stay one more night at our hotel near MK so it's less transition time for the little one...plus I wanted to bump up to a higher floor with views of DW fireworks for that last night at our same hotel. I can do all that for $100 or so less than a night at Universal (Grand Pacific). HOWEVER, that means my husband and daughter won't have the Universal Express pass or early entry. (Frankly, I'm not sure they'd make the early entry, because they'd have to Uber from our other hotel, check in to the Grand Pacific to get the early passes, and then arrive by 7:30 am...after a full day at MK! I'm not sure they'll make it.)
In reading about Universal Express, it seems like there is not that much it gets you in the HP worlds. Is it really, truly worth it, or should we just stay one more day in our original hotel? My thought is that there might not be much for me and the 4yo to do besides the lazy river (which our other hotel has too) at the Grand Pacific...whereas we have family that would be able to visit us and hang out at the other hotel near MK.
Your thoughts? Many thanks.